Author Archive

Joseph G. Brin

Joseph G. Brin is an architect, fine artist and teacher based in Philadelphia. He writes on architecture, design and culture for Metropolis Magazine. His website on architecture can be seen HERE, his writing HERE, and his graphics HERE.

A Lost Furness Chapel And The Stories It Tells

A Lost Furness Chapel And The Stories It Tells

October 27, 2014  |  Walk the Walk

An obscure Frank Furness gem sits vacant and unused in Mount Sinai Cemetery in Frankford. Joe Brin has the details of this Moorish discovery and thoughts on Furness, preservation, and urban development > more

Brewing With Solidarity At W/N W/N Coffee Bar

Brewing With Solidarity At W/N W/N Coffee Bar

September 26, 2014  |  Walk the Walk

A cooperative-run coffee and cocktail bar on Spring Garden Street goes deep for the W/N W/N. Joseph Brin has this story of building a business with consensus > more

Signs From The Gilded Age

Signs From The Gilded Age

June 12, 2014  |  Makin' It, Walk the Walk

Though prefabricated signs have become the norm, those of the hand-painted variety have made a bit of a comeback. But don't call it a comeback for Baker the Sign Man. Joe Brin goes behind the scenes at Baker, where they've been painting signs with a touch of gold by hand since 1870 > more

Transformation Fit For A Queen (Village)

Transformation Fit For A Queen (Village)

April 21, 2014  |  Walk the Walk

Sixteen years after the opening of Beau Monde, at Sixth and Bainbridge, the corner's evolution is near complete. Joe Brin has the story > more

The Guy With The Wood People On His Porch

The Guy With The Wood People On His Porch

December 4, 2013  |  Walk the Walk

Tis the season—for ice sculpture. Joe Brin's travels and art appreciation converge in Powelton Village to find Roger Wing, sculptor of wood, stone, and ice, at home and in his element > more